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The Real Life of Anthony Burgess
The Real Life of Anthony Burgess
by Andrew Biswell
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burgess uncovered - at last!, 15 Aug. 2006
Burgess has always been a mysterious character, shrouded in mystery of his own creation. After a exaggerated autobiography and several below-par biographies, the great man has finally been thrust into the light. Biswell's biography is both detailed and entertaining, uncovering truths about the elusive author, but also gleefully recounting tales of Burgess's drinking habits, and his relationship with his firey wife, Lynne.

One cannot escape the fact that this is the biography that Burgess deserved. If there is any justice it will introduce new readers to a man whose talents went far beyond A Clockwork Orange. The Real Life of Anothony Burgess is brimming with life and knowledge - a pure joy!

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing
Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing
by Benjamin Nugent
Edition: Hardcover

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Elliott deserves better, 10 Nov. 2004
Let me first say how much of a fan I am of Elliott Smith's music, something that Benjamin Nugent claims to be too. My doubts of this fact emerged early on in the reading of this book - he comes accross as a jobbing journalist (and not a very good one at that). First of all the writing is poor. It reads like a bad student essay, very repetative and with embarrasing generalisations.
Okay, so he's a journalist, so you would think his facts would be spot on. But alas, this is also far from the case. Most notably lyrics and credits that can be picked up in the inlay cards to Elliott's albums are wrong - there really is no excuse.
If you want to learn more about Elliott then listening to his albums back to back would a) take longer than reading this book and b) be much less frustrating.

Wowee Zowee
Wowee Zowee
Price: £11.23

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAVEMENT IST RAD? No Kidding!!!!!, 6 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Wowee Zowee (Audio CD)
What an album!!!! From the first chords of We Dance you know this is going to be good. Every tune is run through with seemingly meaningless lyrics that pang with poignancy and emotion in tunes such as Extradition and Grounded ("Boys are dying on these streets"). But Pavement don't just wallow on the softer side of Indie Rock. Oh no!!! With tunes such as Serpentine Pad and Flux=Rad they show that they can give bands like Nirvana a run for their money. In short this album is one of the greatest triumphs of 90's rock. Buy it and you will be happy for the rest of your days!!!

She Said [CD 1]
She Said [CD 1]
Offered by 5records
Price: £1.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 11 April 2002
This review is from: She Said [CD 1] (Audio CD)
This new single has been vastly underestimated. "She Said" is a back to basics, all out rock tune. All the right elements are there. Great riff, great vocals and all the power and energy you can ask for. The single is more produced than earlier efforts but this is no bad thing. The Blues Explosion still manage to bring their energy and raw appeal to all the tunes on this single. And for once they are not just singing about how good they are. They don't need to do that any more. Everyone already knows that!

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